Filming of Fantastic Beasts at St George's Hall

Filming of Fantastic Beasts at St George’s Hall (Image: Liverpool Echo)

The UK’s proud legacy of producing era-defining film franchises such as Bond, Harry Potter, Game Of Thrones and The Crown is respected and envied around the world.

And the increased demand for blockbuster movies and TV dramas for streaming services like Netflix it has created an urgent need for more qualified movie studios and crews in this country.

Robert Laycock, who is building a large studio in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, says: “We have to make sure we have the facilities where and when people want them.

“When you’re making a film, you go where the talent is, and over the next 100 years Europe, and particularly the UK, will be a much stronger place to set up these facilities for big-budget productions.”

A recent report from the British Film Institute (BFI) showed that films made in the UK now account for 16 per cent of global ticket sales.

A staggering 85 percent of these were produced in a corridor from west London to Buckinghamshire that includes the iconic Pinewood and Shepperton film studios.

As a result of this success, the UK film and television industry is growing 15 times faster than the UK economy, spending a record £6.27 billion on high-profile film and television production last year. Around 92 per cent of this inward investment comes from the US and film and TV production spending is projected to rise to around £7.5bn by 2025.

The BFI recently said there will be 20,000 new roles in the industry, named by one in five people as their dream job, in the next few years. Tax breaks for big-budget film productions introduced by Gordon Brown in 2007 were extended to high-end television, animation and video games by then-Secretary for Culture and Digital Economy Ed Vaizey.

Didcot’s now Lord Vaizey is also credited with helping to support filming of the Harry Potter films at Warner Bros Leavesden Studios in Hertfordshire in 2013.

Film tax relief is available on 25 per cent of the production costs of qualifying films, regardless of budget, as long as 10 per cent of the main production costs are made in the UK.

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BFI said there will be new roles in the industry (Image: Chamber Press)

Leo Pearlman, managing partner of the Fulwell 73 Group, which made The Late Late Show with James Corden, who is also one of the production company’s partners.

He is excited about the growing demand for cutting-edge film studios in the UK, coupled with well-trained teams, which has created an ever-increasing need for high-quality content for streaming services.

Leo says: “While the US, for one reason or another, has been unable to provide the same supply, the UK has stepped in.

“The UK has a rich history of making big-budget movies and high-end TV with the iconic studios we have like Pinewood and Shepperton.

“When you talk to streamers’ content managers, they are excited to come and film in studios that have that heritage. As soon as they arrive in the UK, they realize that the locations that are available in this amazing country are second to none.” . ”

He adds: “It’s a short drive from the United States, but then once you’re in the country, the variety of locations are close at hand, whether it’s cities, the coast, or the countryside. Speaking English also plays an important role. All of these elements combined have led to this explosion.”

Sean Connery on the set of James Bond:

Bond films made from UK film production (Image: Getty)

Robert Laycock, CEO and co-founder of Marlow Film Studios, says: “The reason people are drawn to the UK is our blockbuster history, so if you go back to the Bond movies, Star Wars, the original Batman and Superman movies, then later the Harry Potter movies and on top of that all the video on demand with Game Of Thrones and The Crown.”

It adds that 50 per cent of households worldwide now having internet access has created increased demand for high-quality content in which Britain has a multi-generational track record.

Robert, who worked on the production of the multiple Oscar-winning Shakespeare In Love, starring Gwyneth Paltrow, says: “The shift to digital has brought the recognition that if you want to have a great show, you turn to Britain. . Right now, the Wizard of Oz sequel, Wicked, is being filmed in a Buckinghamshire village.

“Pinewood and Shepperton are at the pinnacle of our industry, and someone like Tom Cruise has been spending hundreds of millions of pounds to make two Mission Impossible movies here. At Marlow Film Studio we will create 2,000 new jobs and another 2,000 indirect jobs.”

Three of the six Mission Impossible movies released to date have been based primarily in the UK and the next two, due out this summer and next year, also used Warner Bros Leavesden Studios.

Cruise, 60, received special permission to film inside Westminster Abbey, where the coronation of King Charles and Queen Camilla took place on May 6, for the eighth installment.

The popular Harry Potter was shot in the UK

The popular Harry Potter was shot in the UK (Image: Warner Bros.)

The additional demand for film studio space and highly-skilled crews also inspired the Fulwell 73 Group to build one of Europe’s largest purpose-built facilities in Sunderland, in partnership with Cain International.

This £450 million project for a 1.7 million square foot facility will create around 8,500 new jobs and generate around £250 million of revenue for the region over the next decade. Construction should start late this year or early next year.

Leo says: “huge hollywood Blockbusters show up and get filmed in the Northeast, but there’s no chance they’ll stay here.

“As an industry we don’t have enough crew members to work on productions, yet in the Northeast there is a standing army of highly skilled blue collar workers who with just a little bit of training could become a workforce for studios to compete with. with those of the south. -East of England.

Paul Baker, International Studio Development Advisor at FulwellCain Studios, adds: “This is a destination that has already attracted productions from The Avengers to Indiana Jones and The Dial of Destiny.

“What tends to happen at the moment is those shows are based in the South East at one of the studios and then they go to the spectacular locations that we have in the North East, from the Pennines, down to Northumberland and its beautiful castles and coastline.”

Lord Vaizey counts his work on adjusting tax breaks for film and television as one of his greatest achievements as minister, saying, “It’s one of the things I’m most proud of.”

He adds: “Every prime minister and minister should be proud to say that we have a group (of studios) in London and the South East that rivals any film and television studio in the world.

“And we have satellite groups in places like Northern Ireland, Birmingham is building the biggest TV studios in Europe and other parts of the country.”

Digbeth Loc Studios is being built in Birmingham by Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight, creating 700 jobs and pumping £30m into the local economy.

Investment Minister Lord Johnson said: “The UK has world-class production talent ranging from visual effects, virtual production, sound and make-up to line production and cinematography. I am determined to see more of this talent flourish through increased investment in our creative industries.”

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